The greatest tool in a woman’s toolbox isn’t a cosmetic or a brush. It’s self-determination—the daily commitment you make to yourself and your future, and the hard work and rituals that create the foundation for that journey. Make Your Self is a series that spotlights the stories of women who fiercely embody this relentless pursuit.
There's a memorable Harvard study that poetically illustrates the power of human thought: After the participants are taught a theoretical piano sequence—that is, invited to imagine themselves playing without ever actually touching any keys—over the course of a week, the muscles in their fingers develop as if they had been practicing on the instrument itself (2).
It's a poignant reminder that when we're faced with a new challenge or learning opportunity, mindset really is everything. Which is a worthy segué into the work of Sarah Sapora, who has spent the most recent years of her life teaching workshops and building a community—online and off—around this very concept. A yoga instructor, size-inclusive wellness advocate, and soon-to-be author, Sapora's self-care doctrine rejects the Instagram-filtered veneer that still pervades so much of the wellness industry. Instead, she suggests that in addition to the victories, we acknowledge and embrace the not-so-pretty moments we face in the pursuit of personal growth. Her bottom line: Even if the path ahead isn't always clear, resolve still has a funny way of getting us where we need to be.
This platform is very much built by her own story. "I used to live in a way where I strangled my own possibility in life and I didn't even know it," she says. "So if there is a woman out there who decides, 'I want more for my life. I'm going to figure this shit out and I'm going to hunker down because I deserve it.' If I can in some way facilitate that happening for her, then cool. I've done my job."